Hurricane Shutters?

Thankfully there isn’t any demand for them in this part of the world.

And aren’t you glad after witnessing the battering the east coast of America has just taken from hurricane Sandy.

Wishing all those affected by the superstorm a speedy return to normality.

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Tier-On-Tier Advice

Down through the years, I’ve always found that honesty is the best policy when it comes to giving advice to customers on plantation shutters.

If shutters just aren’t going to work in a particular situation, and the customer is unlikely to be happy with the finshed job, they really appreciate you telling them so.

Our full service company fitted this window containing 12 shutter panels in tier-on-tier style and it worked out just great and the customer was thrilled. However it took a fair bit of work to get it absolutely perfect in the end.

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You see with full height shutters in this window, there would be 6 panels to align properly, but with tier-on-tier, as you can see there are 12. And that’s quite a few panels to get level top and bottom and have them all closing properly. There’s a bit of adjusting involved!

If you opt for a design like this, just bear in mind it will take a bit of time and patience to install. Alternatively you could opt for full height shutters with a mid-rail, which allows you to open and close the top and bottom louvres independently of each other.

And it will be much easier to install!

Hugo Clancy.

27 September 2012

DON’T LET YOUR HEAT ESCAPE!

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You can see from the image of the house above, that one window stands out.  That’s right, the blue one on the right.  You see it’s a thermal image showing where heat is escaping from the house (the red areas). The blue area means little or no heat escaping.

Wood is one of the best insulating materials there is.  And when you fit our hardwood shutters, you are basically covering your window opening with wood and deflecting the heat back into your room.

Less heat required to heat the house. Lower heating bills. More money in your pocket!

Your investment in wood shutters will pay off within a number of years.

And they look great too!

 

Hugo Clancy.

18 September 2012.

Shutters Protect Furnishings

Have you ever moved a rug on a wooden floor and noticed the difference in colour between the exposed flooring and the area hidden beneath the rug?

I remember an installer from the full service end of our business telling me how a piano belonging to a very famous traditional Irish musician had been destroyed by the suns harmful rays.

He was delighted to get his plantation shutters installed, all be it too late to save the finish on his piano.  But at least his other furnishings would be saved from discolouring and fading. 

Simply by tilting the louvres upwards, you will deflect the sunlight away from your furnishings and upwards towards the ceiling where it will do much less damage.

Hugo Clancy

1 May 2012

DIY 4U? Find Out This Weekend!

There’s just a few days to go before this weekend’s Self Build & Improve Show in Belfast.  And one of the features on our stand will be the chance for you to have a go at installing plantation shutters for yourself.

Now it’s only a 3′ x 4′ window with 2 shutter panels, fitted using a Z frame, so it’s as easy as it gets.

Nonetheless if you’re not standing back admiring your work after 10 minutes (with a little guidance from myself), I’ll be very surprised! It’s really not that difficult.

And if you’re the type that comes out in a rash at the very mention of DIY, don’t worry.  We have shutter installers who can do the job for you.

Either way, we’ll show you how you can get excellent value for your money on your premium quality basswood shutters when you choose Shutterplus.

So if you’re in the area this weekend, drop in for a quick chat, and maybe even a glass of wine and a few sweets for the kids!

The Self Build & Improve Show, Belfast

Hugo Clancy.

13 February 2012

Minus 35 Degrees!!

With temperatures plunging to as low as -35 in central and eastern Europe, now’s probably a good time to remind you of the insulating properties of wooden shutters.

Wood is one of the best insulating materials you can get.  And when you install wooden shutters on your windows, you are basically covering your window with this material and providing a barrier against heat loss.  After all the majority of heat loss occurs through walls and windows.

Nobody thinks twice about insulating their walls, but what about your windows.  Ok most homes now have double-glazing but believe me, fitting shutters on your windows will dramatically reduce heat loss.

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But don’t just take my word for it.

Take a look at this

Hugo Clancy.

3 February 2012

Self Build & Improve Exhibition 2012

Shutterplus are delighted to announce their attendance at this years Self Build & Improve Show in The King’s Hall, Belfast from 17-19 February 2012.

Come along and see our complete range of CedarWood, BassWood and PolyTherm plantation shutters on display. Attend one of our demonstrations showing you how to measure and install your own shutters or book a home consultation and let us look after everything for you.

Shutterplus already give you the best prices on premium quality plantation shutters and if you drop by our stand, don’t forget to pick up your exclusive discount voucher which entitles you to a further 5% OFF!

Contact us for complimentary tickets before they’re gone!  See you there!